Making Slime    

PR5.4 Making Slime

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PVA glue is a solution containing polymer chains - it flows and can be spread as the polymer chains are able to glide over one another. This video demonstrates what happens to it when sodium borate is added which serves to crosslink the polymer chains.

For further information see Salters Advanced Chemistry, 2000, Activities and Assessment Pack, Second Edition, ISBN 0 435 631217